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Fact-checking the Florida delegation breakfast



Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and consultant and pundit Dick Morris threw loads of red meat to members of the Florida delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland over breakfast on July 20. Once again, PolitiFact was in attendance and took a look at some of the facts that were checkable.

Morris argued that Trump is winning support from both sides of the ideological spectrum, from disaffected Americans of either partisan stripe, or none at all.

As evidence of the phenomenon of downwardly mobile voters being attracted to an outsider candidate like Trump, Morris cited the recent vote by the United Kingdom to exit the European Union, known as Brexit.

“In Brexit, we won the same percentage of the vote from Conservatives … as from Labor Party members,” Morris said. “There was no left and right in that.”

However, exit poll data from the firm YouGov undercuts that claim.

According to the poll, voters who cast a conservative ballot in the most recent election voted 57 percent to leave, compared to 43 percent to remain in the E.U.

By contrast, only 31 percent of Labor voters cast a ballot to leave the union, while 69 percent voted to remain. That’s an enormous partisan difference. (Voters in the centrist Liberal Democrats voted 27 percent to leave and 73 percent to remain, while backers of the right-populist U.K. Independence Party voted 93 percent to leave and only 7 percent to remain.)

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:26pm]


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